Why cant I get used to how new things are done?

@bunnybon7 (37971)
Holiday, Florida
February 29, 2012 7:41pm CST
Ive had microwaves practicly since they came out and I know they have made a lot of stride since with more you can do. today, I went in the kitchen and found a whole chicken going around in it with plastic still on it. I thought it would melt so I yelled about it. daughter informed me that C does it all the time with defrost and it dont melt well whats wrong with takeing it out of the freezer a day or so before and thawing it in bottom of frig? plastic didnt melt btw. So, im just stuck in the past I guess. no wonder we get on each others nerves. How do you thaw?
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@inertia4 (27792)
• United States
7 Mar 12
Well, that would depend on if it was microwavable or not. Just because the plastic did not melt, does not mean it was good to do that. Some plastic containers are not microwave safe and don't melt. But what happens is that molecules of the plastic do fuse with the food and we cannot detect that. But they might be making turkeys or whole chickens in microwave safe bags now. I have not looked.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
10 Mar 12
me either. it was the bag the chicken came in. so who knows.
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@inertia4 (27792)
• United States
22 Mar 12
Well, unless it says on the package that you could microwave it in the bag. Otherwise, I would not suggest you do that.
@celticeagle (121067)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Mar 12
I am still trying to get my daughter to take something out of the freezer atleast that morning. I am stuck in the past too.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
1 Mar 12
see its not just me that cant get used to the "do it last minute" attitude
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@celticeagle (121067)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Mar 12
I am the royal procrastinator! But when I was doing the cooking I could remember to take something our for dinner.
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
7 Mar 12
I am sure my husband and I would not be ones to be wanting to defrost something in the Microwave with the plastic still on it. There are a lot of times with our busy schedule though that we forget to put something out to defrost and have had to use the Microwave to do so. Just usually most foods do often taste better if defrosted by hand.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
10 Mar 12
exactly. i just noticed this response that you posted some time ago when i wasnt getting notifiers again sorry late responding.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
6 Mar 12
Well, it really depends on how much in advance I decide on what I'm going to cook. If I know a day ahead of time, I will move my meat from the freezer to the fridge the day before hand. If I decide early in the day that I want something, I will take it out of the freezer and put it on a plate in the microwave, but I won't turn the microwave on, I just use it as a way to keep the cats from trying to get into things. If I make a last minute decision, then I will thaw in the microwave, but I try to use that as a last resort.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
6 Mar 12
yes better to thaw out of micro, from what others have said
• United States
5 Mar 12
depends-if it's a quick thaw with something small(frozen patties,etc) microwave-with plastic removed-but for something larger,the bottom half of the fridge overnight. there's no way i'd try to micro it or leave it out.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
5 Mar 12
i think thats always the right way!
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
5 Mar 12
I either get my meat out to thaw the last thing I do before bed and then make my dish when I get up for dinner. or I get it out when I get up in the morning and meat is usually thawed by the time I want to cook it for dinner. But I am getting to where I want to have the cooking done before hubby gets home so I can just enjoy my evening and not be rushed to cook a meal after he comes home. seems simplier to me for some reason. I do a lot of things with a microwave but don't thaw anything in them.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
5 Mar 12
yes t6hats how i always done. here its like he waits for her to come home then decides (sometimes) what to fix if she asks him to fix something. most days he just waits for someone else to cook.
• United States
4 Mar 12
I only put it in the microwave when I'm in a pinch for time. Otherwise I thaw it out. I don't like how even on defrost sometimes the edges of meat can start to cook while the center is still frozen, so you have to fiddle with the item and put it back in the micro over and over. My hubby likes putting those individual burritos in the micro w/ the plastic on... I don't think it's very safe it may not melt BUT only some plastics are the right grade to put in the micro.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
4 Mar 12
yes and the edges get hardened like. not good.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
2 Mar 12
How do I thaw? I do two things: *From the freezer, I put it down to the chiller before I sleep so by dawn, it's not as hard or frozen anymore. *Or when I forgot, I just let it thaw by itself by just leaving it there in the kitchen.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Mar 12
makes sense. but if you need it soon, cant leave it thaw long time in the kitchen
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
2 Mar 12
I usually don't use the microwave to thaw unless I have too. Wow...I would have thought the plastic would have melted too. I usually take it from the freezer and put it in the fridge too.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Mar 12
exactly. but every time i try to tell my daughter or my grown kids anything, they act like im so out of the loop
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
2 Mar 12
How I defrost various meats depends a lot on what type it is (fish, chicken, pork or beef). Ideally, it probably is best to take it out of the freezer and put it in the fridge. In actuality that isn't always what happens. If I forget, the alternative is between a quick method or calling out for pizza. Sometimes I forget on purpose. Fish, I usually run under cold water to defrost. I actually prefer this method over the slower, refridgerator one. Beef or pork (I'll probably get flak for this) I set outside in the sun for a half hour or so, wrapped. Ground beef, when I'm just browning it for a casserole, I just cook frozen and break it up s it defrosts. If it's a roast, I set it out for just long enough to get the wrapper off. Then when I put it into the oven, I start with a high temp to sear the outside, then turn the temp down to a normal setting and cook it until the desired internal temp is reached. The steam from the frozen inside steams the meat and it's so tender. I always cook prime rib this way. Chicken, I'm most careful with. If I do microwave defrost it, I take it out of the package and into a covered glass dish. I'm never sure what chemicals might leach out of the plastics with the longer defrost times. No point in safegarding against salmonella, only to injest toxic chemicals that may come out of the plastic.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Mar 12
you are so smart girl. all that sounds right. i need to try your way of cooking that roast. sounds great!
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
1 Mar 12
hi dear bunnybon I sure dont use the microwave to thaw meat. Like you said I take it out of the freezer and let it thaw out of the freezer on the kitchen counter and then cook or bake it. Our microwave also is kind of oldie but goodie and the manual for it is lost. Hubby bought it long before we were together and lost the manual so its learning by doing or some hit and miss here anyways.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Mar 12
thats good. im thinking i better buy me a coffee pot to keep hot water in my room for coffee anyway. since so many say its the cause of a lot of cancer. and i should stop taking chances
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
1 Mar 12
Same as you I put it on the fridge at night before going to sleep and ready to cook for tomorrow's lunch. But if I forgot I just soaked it on the water still with plastic on it for about 1hour.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
1 Mar 12
yes, we always did that before.
• United States
1 Mar 12
HaHa, you're like me. I've had microwaves probably as long as you have, and I think maybe, just maybe, I defrosted once or twice over all those years. It was only because I forgot to take something out, or it was still frozen even from the refrigerator. I only really use it for heating food or coffee and that's about it. I still don't put plastic in the microwave either, even if it says it's ok and microwaveable. Just a quirk I have I guess.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
1 Mar 12
i know. my daughter actually bakes potatoes in plastic sandwich bags! and they get done without melting. yet ive put things in other plastic containers that have melted
@SViswan (12071)
• India
1 Mar 12
I thaw frozen stuff the old fashioned way unless I've really forgotten and am running short of time. I usually put it in the fridge a day before or put it in water to thaw. I try to minimize the use of the microwave unless I really need to.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
1 Mar 12
thats another thing they dont try to avoid. everything goes in the microwave
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
1 Mar 12
I use the microwave when I forget to pull something out of the freezer, but usually, I stick it in the fridge.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
1 Mar 12
exactly. the day or so before.
@GardenGerty (105498)
• United States
1 Mar 12
Mostly by taking it out early, or ground beef that needs browned, I just thaw it while defrosting in the skillet, but I have defrosted in the microwave and it works pretty well. I just usually plan ahead a little more than that.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
1 Mar 12
thats what i said. why not take it out and put in frig. a day a head?
• United States
1 Mar 12
I thaw in the mike sometimes. Mostly I just thaw the old way though.
@bunnybon7 (37971)
• Holiday, Florida
1 Mar 12
im set in my ways i guess. i always thaw the old way.